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Themed grant round

School choices: improving attendance and reducing exclusions

In partnership with the Education Endowment Foundation

Entry deadline:
31st May 2022

Applications have now closed. Thank you to everyone who helped shape the scope for the round, attended one of our workshops and submitted an application. Sign-up to our newsletter to be the first to find out which projects we’ve shortlisted.


The Youth Endowment Fund’s mission is to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. The Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) mission is to break the link between family income and educational achievement. 

We’ve come together to jointly fund two grant rounds to build evidence of what works to improve attendance and reduce exclusions.

The first grant round, called A safe, positive place to learn, is focused on funding programmes (applications for this grant round have now closed).

This grant round, School choices, is here to fund projects to find out how school-wide practices and approaches (such as attendance monitoring and response systems or behaviour management policies) can help to improve attendance and reduce exclusions.

Why we’re focusing on this area

We know that school absence – missed attendance, as well as fixed and permanent exclusion – not only impacts on students’ attainment, but also on the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence and crime.

What’s less clear is the evidence on what works to improve attendance and reduce exclusions.

Through this grant round, we’re looking to find, fund, and evaluate programmes and practices in England and Wales that could both keep children safe from involvement in violence and improve academic attainment.

What we’re aiming to invest in

We are particularly interested in approaches in the following key areas: 

  • Attendance monitoring and response systems, including parent communication, parent engagement, use of attendance officers, penalties for poor attendance, attendance awards and incentives
  • Behaviour management approaches and policies, including around bullying
  • Approaches to social and emotional learning
  • Internal alternative provision, such as the use of in-school inclusion units and nurture groups

The full scope for this grant round can be found on the EFF’s website.


Applications for funding opened on Tuesday 3 May and will close on Tuesday 31 May 2022.


To download the full application guidance and to apply for this grant round, please visit the EEF’s website.

Please note, unlike previous YEF grant rounds, applications can only be submitted via the EEF’s website. If you have any questions about this round, please email guillermo.​romero@​eefoundation.​org.​uk

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